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Regulations and the Informal Rulemaking Process

Regulations and the Informal Rulemaking Process

Learn about the lifecycle of a regulation.


There are a variety of ways to promulgate federal regulations. These are described in the Rulemaking clip of the Administrative Law course. This tutorial examines informal rulemaking, the most common rulemaking process.

I. Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Informal rulemaking, also called notice-and-comment rulemaking, begins when an agency issues a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, or NPRM, by publishing it in the Federal Register. An NPRM includes: background information, including why the...